Nevada 's Pride Focuses on the Best and Brightest Students

Nevada's Pride Recipients 2011

Lisette Puentes - Advanced Technologies Academy

Not only being National Honor Society President, in the Interact and Key Clubs as well as an A-Tech Ambassador and Mentor, Lisette is very in the community, including: the Doris Hancock Fall Festival, NHS Thanksgiving Food Packing and Holiday Ornament program, Buddy Walk, the TPC Rocking Walk, and National Childhood Cancer Foundation tutoring. She plans to study communications and business in college.


Kelsey Kinsel – Arbor View High School

Kelsey is a member of the School Board Student Advisory Committee of CCSD, a Future Business Leaders of America member, and the State Conference Co-Chair on the Nevada Association of Student Councils' State Executive Board. She also founded Salvation City, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention and awareness. She also helped plan "Project Sunshine Suicide Prevention Walk" to benefit Salvation City. Kelsey raises funds that go towards placing pamphlets including resources for help in middle and high school health classes.

Sarah Stolte - Basic High School

Sarah is an active United Blood Services Blood Drive volunteer, as well as Paws for a Cause, PB & J-a-thon for 3Square, a Silverman Marathon volunteer, and has worked with Disabled students at several schools, and assisted in cleaning her high school for the upcoming school year. She is also a Student Council, national Honors Society, and band member, as well as being a Valedictorian candidate. Sarah has a deep passion for helping others.

Anne Barnhorst -Bishop Gorman High School

Being extremely busy in her community, Anne is a member of the Youth Advisory Council for the SNWA, Viatorian Youth Conference to encourage youths to bring faith into their lives, Golden Retriever Rescue Club of Southern Nevada, National Honor Society member and service coordinator, Spanish Honor Society, Associated Student Government, Speech and Debate Club, as well as winning multiple awards including the Dorothy Day Award for Compassion and Commitment to the Poor and Honor Roll for every semester while in high school . Anne will attend the prestigious Indiana University after graduating from Bishop Gorman.

Gabriella Munguia - Bonanza High School

As a strong leader who inspires both her faculty and staff, Gabriella cares deeply for those around her. She has been a volunteer tutor at Piggott Elementary School for the past three years. She has also been assisting at the Las Vegas Hospice House, participated in the Walk for Breast Cancer as well as arthritis, to raise funds. She also is the Treasurer for the National Honor Society, is a member of Key Club and was a member of DECA during her freshmen and sophomore years.

Alexandra Leach - Boulder City High School

Alexandra is very active in the community, volunteering numerous hours which includes everything from feeding homeless youth and the hungry at St. Timothy's Kitchen to helping with blood drives, food drives, toy drives and more. Along with being a Valedictorian and a four year Student Body and Class President at Boulder City High School, Alexandra is an active member of the National Honor Society and St. Andrews Church. She also manages to find time to teach dance at Dance Etc as well as perform in at least three shows a year.

Branisha Turner – Canyon Springs High School

Branisha has immersed herself into the community by making a difference in the lives of people who need help. She has volunteered her time with Rebuilding Together, Harry Reid Campaign, Spirit Therapies, which uses horses as therapy to help disabled children and AIDS of Nevada of which she is a full time volunteer. Branisha is also the President of the Magnet Ambassador-at-Large program as well as holding other academic memberships in the National Honor Society and Student Council.

Emma Tagliaferri – Centennial High School

Emma has numerous service projects she does with in Centennial High school which includes Project Sole, Money in a Minute and Can Food Drive. Along with being a school mentor, and helping with Community Service Cheer Camp, Emma is also participated in the Reading Buddies for Dean Allen Elementary. Her goal is to attend college and become an Optometrist.

Heather Tica - Chaparral High School

In between keeping a high academic standard, Heather helps her community in many different ways. Her community service includes feeding the homeless with the Friends of the Desert organization, helping people in need with yard and landscaping services, providing free babysitting, painting an elementary school and Holiday caroling around the valley. Heathers plans to attend UNLV or BYU and wants to eventually become a Theater performer.

Carlos Mezquitan – Cheyenne High School

Carlos volunteers a lot of his time at Saint Christopher church, but also find time to help out his community through clubs and organizations on school Campus. He has helped with United Blood Services blood drive, organizing projects for National Honor Society's American Education week and Random Acts of Kindness week. Carlos has also helped with toy drives, food drives and tutoring students at local elementary and middle schools.

Nicole Spence - Cimarron-Memorial High School

Nicole loves her community and has found several ways to give back to it by being a role model. She shows leadership in her Youth Life Christian Youth group and volunteers as a Preschool teacher at her church's daycare. Her involvement in the Girl Scouts of America led her to participate in a Race for the Cure fundraiser. Nicole plans to attend UNLV so she can continue her leadership role here in Las Vegas.

 Mariah Eppes - Clark High School

In her role as Student Body President of Clark High School, Mariah coordinates a variety of activities that assist members of our community. She has participated in the "Buddy Walk" which raises money for Down Syndrome, and Lupus walk. She has also participated in the Adopt-a-Family program and volunteered several times at the local soup kitchen, cleaning up trash at local parks and assisted in building houses for Habitat for Humanity. Under Mariah's leadership the schools "Charger Family Assistance Center" collected clothes, school supplies and nearly 300 pounds of canned goods benefitting Clark families in need.

Erica Henriquez - College of Southern Nevada High School – East

Erica has worked with Three Square packaging lunch bags, participated in Stop Childhood Trafficking Law event, tutors at Kermit Booker Elementary School, and has participated in the Promo Dress Drive, in which she organized and collected used promo dresses to give to those that need them. She is also President of Student Council, a member of CCSD's Student Advisory Committee, and is a certified Student Leader through the National Organization Association of Student Councils.

Paloma Niccole Altman - College of Southern Nevada High School - South

Paloma is very passionate about serving her community and she has been a part of the Central Christian Children's Ministries. She traveled to Tijuana, Mexico and South Central Los Angeles for mission experiences in which she built homes, visited assisted living facilities, fed the homeless, and picked up trash. Paloma is also active in Homeless Ministries, as well as Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Africa New Life Ministries, assisted in the Alexander Graham Bell, an organization helping support the deaf community in Las Vegas.

Elizabeth Davis – College of Southern Nevada High School – West

Participating in several community service actives that directly affect the Las Vegas community, Elizabeth has a passion for reaching out. She has volunteered over 100 hours to a local elementary school this year and participated in a Community Outreach Festival, in which she helped create a safe and fun environment where young people in high-risk neighborhoods could go to learn about all the opportunities available to them. She is a member of Student Council, been Student Body Representative, Public Relations Chair, and is a National Honor Society member.

Myles Putnam – Coronado High School

Myles has been a leader in several activities to better our community's welfare. He coordinated and developed a project that identified dangerous abandoned mines in the desert, helping those mine shafts to be closed off. He also worked on projects to clean the Pittman Wash and Henderson Bird Sanctuary, while also committing to the welfare of those less fortunate by volunteering to serve meals at Friends of the Desert Soup Kitchen. Myles also tutors four days a week, is an Eagle Scout, and is an AP Scholar.

Brooklyn DiRaffaele - Del Sol High School

As an active leader in Las Vegas, Brooklyn is involved with Teens Against Tobacco Use, participates in Relay for Life, volunteers at the PB & J-a-thons for needy children, UNICEF's Trick-Or-Treat programs, as well as Adopt-a-family. She is also an active volunteer in clean-up and recycling campaigns and works to save endangered species. She is President of Key Club and a leader in Earth Club, and will attend Oregon State University.

Steven Rojas – Desert Oasis High School

Looking towards a future as a motivational speaker, Steven has helped bring Relay of Life to his school's campus. He has also served as Logistics Chair and Event Chair, and helped raised over $75,000 for the American Cancer Society. He is a member of Student Council, Student Body President, as well as in the French Club. He is also a presenter at Junior Council student council workshops and creates the daily agenda for his government class, Principles of Leadership.

Fantasia Bolden – Desert Pines High School

Fantasia is a person who personifies that positive choices will positively impact her life everyday. She has participated in the 2009 AIDS Walk, 2009/2010 Thanksgiving Food Drive, 2010 Fall Blood Drive, 2010 Santa Run, and has 73 hours of volunteer service for political campaigns. She is the Club Historian for the Black Student Union, a member of Student Council, Student Body Historian, and a Dance Majorette. Fantasia also has a large interest in graphic design, as she loves to sketch and draw.

Mary Jean Freeman - Durango High School

Mary Jean has participated in Hope for Haiti, graffiti clean-ups, the Great Santa Run, Race for the Cure, and the PB & J-a-thon. She is also a volunteer at Three Square, while being Executive Student Council President, National Honor Society Secretary, and a Varsity Cheerleader. She has also been a Student of the Month, Sun Youth Forum finalist, and a Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Representative. She is going to the University of Washington to major in Biochemistry.

Tristaniel Evangelista – East Career & Technical Academy

Participating in a number of event to better the Las Vegas community, Tristaniel helps put together meals delivered by Shade Tree, helps collect canned goods for the Three Square Food Bank as well as his church, volunteers at local elementary schools helping them host carnivals for the students, and prepared meals at the Ronald McDonald House. He has also participated in Relay for Life, Kiwanis One Day and International Convention, park clean ups and is a member of Key Club.

Chynna Hartmann – Eldorado High School

Chynna exemplifies the spirit of hard work and tenacity, as she works equally as hard in the classroom as she does out of it. She participates in Catholic Charities food and gift distribution, as well as tutoring, helps at the concession stands for boys and girls soccer teams and a football game called Snoop Ball, school clean-ups, and feed and cared for neighborhood feral cats. She is a member of National Honor Society, the American Legion, French Club, and Varsity Soccer and Football.

Dan Shipley - Faith Lutheran Jr./Sr. High School

Daniel is near the top of his class and gives mightily. He has worked with the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, created and leads a vocal group called Voices of Youth that performs at different NCCF events to promote awareness and raise funds, won the Colleen Alenik Teen Spirit Award for outstanding leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication to NCCF, and has participated in many vocal events, as well as placing highly or winning quite a few. He plans on performing while in college.

Marcela Rodriguez – Foothill High School

Achieving the highest level possible with all her endeavors, Marcela, is a volunteer at Central Christian Church – Spanish Service, in High School Ministry, Student Leadership Team, and a volunteer for Kidvention, which promotes the importance of voting to younger students. She is also the President of Foothills speech and debate teams, and has won multiple awards including the Three Square Creative Contest. She will attend Washington State University.

Jared Stewart – Green Valley High School

Jared is a respected member of the student body and community with everything he does. He regularly volunteers through student council including helping the elderly, helps community members in need with assistance like housework, feeding the homeless, as well as other physical tasks needed by his community. As an Eagle Scout, he worked with the City of Henderson's Parks and Recreation to restore a community park. He is also a member of the CCSD Honor Band as well as a member of the National Honor Society.

Teri Veach - Indian Springs High School

As the Student Council Freshmen Vice-President, Sophomore Historian, and Student Body President both her junior and senior years, Teri has provided the leadership for such community service activities such as community clean-up, tutoring, reading to elementary students, setting up a baby-sitting center, assisting senior citizens with shopping and driving and food drives. She has also participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure run and the annual Opportunity Village Santa Run, earning more than 40 hours of community service.

Andy Baltadano - Las Vegas High School

Andy is a dedicated citizen to the Las Vegas community. He was a co-organizer of a unique community service project called "Be a PAL Community Service Day," in which he contacted approximately 20 non-profit organizations across the valley for the purpose of providing them with a day of labor. He organized 135 students to work with all 20 different organizations including Three Square Food Bank, Opportunity Village, Odyssey Hospice and HELP of Southern Nevada. He plans to attend the College of Southern Nevada after graduation.

Kay Van – Laughlin High School

Keeping very busy, Kay is a self-motivated person with a positive attitude. She has participated in Toys for Tots, Keep NV Reading, at Salvation Army during the holidays, the Laughlin Marathon, coat drives, the River Regatta, with the American Legion and the Colorado River Food Bank. She is also a member in the Interact Club, Art Club, Key Club, Science Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl and the Science Bowl, as well as track, basketball, and yearbook. She will be heading to the University of Reno after graduation.

Claudia-Jean Borja - Legacy High School

Being a model student, Claudia focuses not only on her grades, but her community, as well. She has helped with Three Square Food Bank and has been involved in several community clean-up drives due to her commitment to Student Council. She also helped at a local feeder elementary schools by assisting the teachers and staff, reading to students, and recording children's books. Through Key Club, she participated in the Santa Run, as well as food drives, Toys for Tots, and blanket drives. She has a 4.3 GPA and is 26 out of 583 students in her senior class.

Amanda Delgado – Liberty High School

Amanda is an extremely well-rounded student with a tremendous work ethic. She donates her time to Shad Tree and Three Square, as well as other activities through National Honor Council. She is involved in the We Are Community project, donates blood frequently, and has done volunteer work at various blood drives. Amanda is also involved in the We Are Community project, is a member of the school newspaper and journalism departments, and the student group Heart to Heart.

Cameron Brown – The Meadows School

Being an efficient contributor to the community, Cameron has made every effort to assist his community. He has worked tireless with the Southern Nevada Bind Center and initiated the TMS chapter of Invisible Children, a non-profit organization that focuses on assisting children in Uganda fighting from being abducted and murdered, or even turned into child soldiers. He is also a participant in Nevada's Boy's State, Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership and was All-State in varsity soccer.

Evalesha Chidester – Moapa Valley High School

As Senior Class President, Eva has organized several community services including a Shade Tree clothing drive and a charity dance to support a previous student at MVHS who was paralyzed. As a member of National Honor Society, she has volunteered at several blood drives and served breakfast at local senior centers. She is also a member of the Youth Advisory Council for the Las Vegas Water District and helps to read awareness of ways tot preserve water. She also tutors students from grade K – 12.

Mariah Bailey - Mojave High School

Mariah is involved in a variety of clubs and organizations including Trial by Peers, a youth court organization as a peer counselor. She is very active in helping juveniles who have been charged with misdemeanors. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, UNLV GearUP Ambassador, and Senior Class Senator in Student Council. She will be attending UNLV this fall and will be focusing on Criminal Justice.

Samantha Lloyd – Nevada High School

Samantha volunteers and donates her time in many ways to her community. She has worked with children in the facility daycare, represented her school in collecting school supplies, for local elementary schools, promoted college goals for the community's youth at two college recruitment fairs, and has been instrumental in developing the Student Union of Nevada State High School as the school's president.

Cody Lind - Northwest Career & Technical Academy

Cody's outgoing personality, abundance of energy, and talents have allowed him to accomplish his life goals. He has volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and Opportunity Village, as well as organizing fund raisers for Soles for Souls, Shade Tree, and Invisible Children. He has also participated in close to a dozen walks and runs for the Alzheimers Association, Make-a-Wish, Nevada Child Seekers, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Chandler Yamane – Palo Verde High School

Chandler is a hard working as they come. Participating in Best Buddies peer buddy program, a Atria Living and Salvation Army volunteer, and participating in Mormon Helping Hands, Relay for Life, and the Lupus Walk for the Cure. Chandler is also Student Body President, Vice President of Best Buddies, captain of the Robotic Team, on both varsity football and track, is on the Science and Chess Clubs and is in Boys Scouts of America.

Esmeralda Villeda – Rancho High School

Esmeralda is a student who is serious about her education, being a positive role model, and helping people in her community. As a part of the Hispanic Student Union, she provides community services and community outreach by volunteering at East Las Vegas Community Senior Center, especially during holidays and helping with Harry Reid's and Adriana Martinez's campaign. She also was a part of UNLV GearUP and tutors at Bridger Middle School.

Vanesa Galeana – Sandy Valley High School

As an outstanding young lady, Vanesa was unanimously chosen by both teachers and staff. She participates in community clean-ups, canned food drives, and organizes school dances and contests for her school. She is a member of Student Council, as well as being on the softball and volleyball teams. In her free time, Vanesa takes the time to tutor other students.

Magali Leal - Southeast Career Technical Academy

Magali is a true leader in her society. She volunteers to feed the homeless with the City Missions for the holidays, she volunteers for Ghost and Goblins and the Clark County Museum, the Silver Triathlon, she is a Homework Hotline employee, Lake Mead clean-up crew member for four years, and plants trees for the Las Vegas Wash. She also donated and prepares meals for the Ronald McDonald House, fundraisers for the March of Dimes, and helps with the Children's Heart Foundation fundraiser walk.

Mallory Reese – Shadow Ridge High School

Mallory represents her school and community with pride. As not only a successful student, she volunteers at Desert Industries as a mentor, tutoring for a young lady with Autism. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Co-Editor in Chief in journalism, and participates in track, cross country, and Highland Hills Youth Choir. While undecided on her choice of college, she wants to study Physical Therapy.

Jovi Dumangan - Sierra Vista High School

Jovi has been involved in extensive volunteer service since her freshmen year. She has volunteered at the Spring Valley Library, while also working for Relay for Life, participating in Teens Against Tobacco Use, and also works with the Ronald McDonald House charities to help donate to thousands. She has noted over 120 of community service, although she has achieved many, many more hours than that. She is an avid member of Key Club and also a member of the National Honor Society.

Hermila Yifter – Silverado High School

Hermila has volunteered in animal shelters and soup kitchens on multiple occasions. She also provided free tutoring for students in various subjects, as well as spending time working with grade school students in multiple capacities at Whitney Elementary School through her Spanish Club. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Summer Business Institute and cross country, as well as being a Valedictorian candidate.

Kristen Stein – Sunrise Mountain High School

Helping in many ways, Kristin has been a volunteer at the Bob Price Recreational Center, been a performer for the Boys and Girls Club, collected donations for St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and has donated money to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. She also helps prepare her school for the upcoming year over her summer breaks as well as organizing a free car wash for teachers. She is the National Honor Society President, a member of Link's Crew, who assist incoming freshmen, as well as Choir Council. She will attend UNLV after graduation.

Alexandria Malone - Valley High School

Alexandria has a passion for literature and helping others. In addition to her academic achievements, she is involved in Key Club and has served her community as a volunteer through Clark County Park and Recreation as a ‘Leader of the Future." She has logged over 1,600 hours of service as well as volunteering as an environment leader, creating awareness about the consequences of tobacco use. She is also the Vice President of DECA, Future Business Leaders of America, and the IB Council.

Charlotte Brooks – Virgin Valley High School

Giving to others is something Charlotte takes a great deal of pride in. After not only helping with the aftermath of the Katrina flooding, she also is a member of National Honor Society, the Forensics team, cross country, and a member of FCCLA, FFA and the Student Body Officer. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and gives her time through multiple organizations. She is the Valedictorian of her graduating class.

Marlene Madrid – Western High School

Marlene is an incredible role model for her peers. She is a honor student who also takes the time to help her community. She tutors elementary school children in math, volunteers at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, volunteered with Three Square Food Bank, helped the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in raising money, and is currently working on a project called Pennies for Patients, where students and teachers raise money for cancer patients. She is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Student Body President.

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